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Recipients of $100,000
in Harbourfront Centre prizes announced

TORONTO, ON (July 20, 2010) – Harbourfront Centre today announced the recipients of the five $20,000 Harbourfront Centre Prizes, as part of its Fresh Ground new works national commissioning programme. These prizes will act as a spring-board for Canadian artists and companies to develop and produce new multidisciplinary artistic works for children and youth.

Since its creation in 2004, Harbourfront Centre’s national commissioning programme Fresh Ground new works has been a catalyst for new Canadian multidisciplinary artistic works. Through open national submission calls in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009, Harbourfront Centre has awarded over $400,000 in prize money toward 19 new Canadian commissions.

This year Harbourfront Centre set forth a challenge to Canadian artists and companies. “We perceived a lack of contemporary multidisciplinary programming being created for young people,” said Harbourfront Centre’s Chief Executive Office William J.S. Boyle, “and challenged applicants for the Fresh Ground Prize to create new multidisciplinary works that would reflect the diversity of today’s Canadian youth and engage them in the arts.” From the applications received from across Canada, five have been chosen to receive a $20,000 Harbourfront Centre Prize to be used towards the creation of a new multi-disciplinary project. These projects will be developed and presented during Harbourfront Centre’s 2011/2012 season.

The Harbourfront Centre Prizes are awarded to:

• Montreal-based visual artist Shelley Miller, whose past projects have explored themes of consumption and excess, teams up with Toronto native Hip Hop triple-threat More or Les, an MC, DJ, and Producer, to create Salivation, an interactive and multi-purpose art exhibition and series of live music performances that centre around the theme of media stereotypes in rap culture.

Break It Down is a dynamic youth-led organization that creates productions from the diverse perspective of the Hip-Hop generation and teaches our youth the empowering aspects of Hip-Hop culture through education and mentorship programming. Lead by Co-Artistic Directors Jon Reid and Lee Pham, Something from Nothing features such Toronto talents as Supernaturalz Bboy Crew (Bboy World Champions), Lenny Dela Pena (2010 Olympic Closing Ceremony Choreographer), playwright Joseph Jomo Pierre (Born Ready, Pusha Man), graffiti artist SKAM, DJ/Producer Tom Wreckz and emcee Tona.

Shadow Songs collaborators Shary Boyle (a Toronto-based visual artist and performer) and Christine Fellows (a Winnipeg-based songwriter and performer) will re-imagine the concept of the old-time shadow play. Using simple, analog tools—overhead projector and acoustic instrumentation— they will create a fantastical narrative told through hand-animated projected images, music and movement.

• Toronto-based research and experimental artist collective Mammalian Diving Reflex, led by artistic director Darren O'Donnell and producer Natalie De Vito, will collaborate with education scholar Stephanie Springgay; children's studies scholar, Krys Verrall; new-media artist Faisal Anwar; visual and textiles artist, Tania Sanhueza; illustrator Selena Wong; and Daniel Nimmo, a creator and performer in street theatre and circus, to create Monster Makers, a white-knuckled performance that enlists children in an interactive public encounter with a monster.

Andrew Hunter, artist, writer, curator and Adjunct Faculty and Researcher Waterloo Architecture Cambridge and Lisa Hirmer, photographer, designer and intern architect, will lead the DodoLab creative team which includes: researcher Dale Henhawk, whose work focuses on engaging aboriginal youth; intern architect and educator Farid Noufaily; and poet, educator and community activist Anu Radha Verma. These collaborators will create DodoLab Wants to Know: What Is Canada?, a two-phased art, design and creative research project that explores ideas about what it means to be Canadian from a young person’s perspective.

The work of several previous Harbourfront Centre Prize recipients has been presented on international stages elsewhere. From 2005, 15 Restless Nights, a project coordinated by Alberta photographer Derek Michael Besant has been exhibited across Canada as well as in Hungary, Slovakia and at the Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo. Also from that year Trudeau: Long March / Shining Path, an opera collaboration by Juno Award-winning composer D.D. Jackson and Governor General’s Award-winning poet George Elliott Clarke had its full length world premiere in Halifax this past June. Dance Marathon by bluemouth inc. has been produced at the Cork Festival in Ireland, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, and in Bristol, Norfolk and London, England. It was also part of the recent Cultural Olympiad in Vancouver 2010.

The Harbourfront Centre Prizes for Fresh Ground are made possible by the generosity of several major individual donors who have actively assisted in the creation of new Canadian artworks: Peter Allen, William J. S. Boyle, Lionel F. Conacher and Joan Dea, Margaret and Jim Fleck, John Kazanjian and Susan Soloway, Michael and Sonja Koerner, Judy and Wil Matthews, George E. Myhal, Sonja Smits and Seaton McLean, and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the J.P. Bickell Foundation.

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit or call the information hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay W. Toronto, ON.

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.


Althea Linton

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